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The Year of the Lord’s Favor61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,because the Lord has anointed meto bring good news to the poor;he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captives,and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,and the day of vengeance of our God;to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,the oil of gladness instead of mourning,the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;they shall raise up the former devastations;they shall repair the ruined cities,the devastations of many generations.
5 Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;
6 but you shall be called the priests of the Lord;they shall speak of you as the ministers of our God;you shall eat the wealth of the nations,and in their glory you shall boast.
7 Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;they shall have everlasting joy.
8 For I the Lord love justice;I hate robbery and wrong;I will faithfully give them their recompense,and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their offspring shall be known among the nations,and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;all who see them shall acknowledge them,that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;my soul shall exult in my God,for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praiseto sprout up before all the nations.
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Zion’s Coming Salvation62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,and her salvation as a burning torch.
2 The nations shall see your righteousness,and all the kings your glory,and you shall be called by a new namethat the mouth of the Lord will give.
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,and your land Married;for the Lord delights in you,and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,so shall your sons marry you,and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,so shall your God rejoice over you.
6 On your walls, O Jerusalem,I have set watchmen;all the day and all the nightthey shall never be silent.You who put the Lord in remembrance,take no rest,
7 and give him no restuntil he establishes Jerusalemand makes it a praise in the earth.
8 The Lord has sworn by his right handand by his mighty arm:“I will not again give your grainto be food for your enemies,and foreigners shall not drink your winefor which you have labored;
9 but those who garner it shall eat itand praise the Lord,and those who gather it shall drink itin the courts of my sanctuary.”
10 Go through, go through the gates;prepare the way for the people;build up, build up the highway;clear it of stones;lift up a signal over the peoples.
11 Behold, the Lord has proclaimedto the end of the earth:Say to the daughter of Zion,“Behold, your salvation comes;behold, his reward is with him,and his recompense before him.”
12 And they shall be called The Holy People,The Redeemed of the Lord;and you shall be called Sought Out,A City Not Forsaken.
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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of lifeand peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;bind them around your neck;write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good successin the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your fleshand refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealthand with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s disciplineor be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,as a father the son in whom he delights.
Blessed Is the One Who Finds Wisdom13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding,
14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silverand her profit better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;those who hold her fast are called blessed.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion,
22 and they will be life for your souland adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely,and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terroror of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
26 for the Lord will be your confidenceand will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violenceand do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,but to the humble he gives favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,but fools get disgrace.
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Taming the Tongue 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
Wisdom from Above13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.
15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.
18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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